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Cosimo Matassa Within New Orleans' History

Mon, 09/15/14
Authored by Jamie Dell'Apa
Cosimo Matassa was born in the US in 1926, a single generation after a vigilante mob stormed the parish prison to lynch and shoot eleven Italians prisoners to death.  The mob violence was a message to the rising political power of the newly immigrated Italian community; “ge... Read more

Cosimo Matassa at the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame

Fri, 09/12/14
Authored by WWOZ Editors
by Nita Ketner, WWOZ Show Host In 2004, New Orleans music legends Cosimo Matassa, Earl Palmer, Dr John, and Deacon John appeared at the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in Cleveland. I was lucky enough to be there, and was able to report on the events for   For anyon... Read more

Celebrating the Life of Cosimo Matassa

Fri, 09/12/14
Authored by Carrie Hadler
WWOZ has been celebrating the life of Cosimo Matassa, legendary studio owner and recording engineer, since receiving word of his passing yesterday afternoon at age 88. He is survived by his three sons, seven grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren. Matassa was one of t... Read more


Thu, 09/11/14
Authored by Bill DeTurk
  Good Morning Music Lovers! It is game day and you have all the “stuff” together that you need. Perhaps you have even had that first eye-opening beverage. But you do not have everything; in addition to the food, booze, and goodfellowship, a successful Tailgate – especially... Read more

Steve Earle, "This City"

Wed, 09/10/14
Authored by David Stafford
In HBO's Treme, singer-songwriter Steve Earle played a street singer named Harley Watt ("Me, if I'd never gotten a record deal", says Earle). He also wrote and performed "This City", the song that closed the show's first season. He performs it live at KEXP in the video belo... Read more

WWOZ Video: Lazy Lester Live in Lafayette

Wed, 09/10/14
Authored by David Stafford
We're proud to share this, the first effort of WWOZ's brand-spanking new video production unit: Lazy Lester sounding great at 81, doing "They Call Me Lazy" backed by the Lil' Buck Sinegal Band, recorded at the Blue Moon Saloon in Lafayette, LA on August 15. Props to videograph... Read more

Rhythm Room Playlist 9/19/14

Wed, 09/10/14
Authored by Allan "Alski" Laskey
Num. Title Artist Time Release Label Start Time 1 Don't Turn Your Heater Down Albert King,Steve Cropper,Pop Staples 03:19 Jammed Together   2014/9/19 22:00:04 2 I Shall Be Released Nina Simone 03:56 To Love Some... Read more

Postmodern Jukebox, "All About That [Upright] Bass"

Tue, 09/09/14
Authored by David Stafford
Postmodern Jukebox, the outfit that gave us the jazz-style cover of "Sweet Child O' Mine", is back with a cover of a contemporay pop hit: Meghan Trainor's "All About That Bass", featuring the talented Kate Davis, who sings and plays upright bass.     For comparison purpose... Read more

Irma Thomas, "The Same Love That Made Me Laugh"

Mon, 09/08/14
Authored by David Stafford
Irma Thomas, backed by the Professionals, visited the Seattle studios of KPLU in October 2010, where did this killer version of Bill Withers' "The Same Love That Made Me Laugh". She also covered the song on the 2005 multi-artist Southern soul compilation I Believe to My Sou... Read more

Dizzy Gillespie Quintet, 1966, Full BBC Show

Sat, 09/06/14
Authored by David Stafford
For your weekend viewing pleasure, 35+ minutes of Dizzy Gillespie, one of the greatest trumpeters in history and a founder of modern jazz. He sounds great (and displays a fine sense of humor) in this appearance on the BBC television show Jazz 625 from August 1966. Enjoy, kn... Read more

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